Folk by the Oak

16th July 2017

Location: Hatfield House, Herts


Folk by the Oak is a one day event that takes place in the leafy green parkland of Hatfield House. It is just outside London, but is said to feel a million miles away.

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From the intimacy of our Acorn Stage to the open air festival buzz of our Main Stage, we will bring you award winning musicians and inspiring new talent in one memorable day.

Our carefully curated stages are complemented by our lovingly hand-picked caterers and craftspeople. For our younger ‘Folk by the Oakers’ we have a world of creative workshops to discover onsite as well as our dedicated family friendly area.

We want all our smaller Folk by the Oakers to enjoy the festival as much as the grown-ups! We have lovingly gathered together as many magical, unique and imaginative activities for them to discover.

Out and About

Dotted around the festival site are many activities and workshops so be sure to explore everywhere!

Watch and join in with the lively Folk Dance Sessions performed by Harpenden based Young Miscellany Dance Group. There’s Longbow Archery and Celtic Crafts with Celtic Harmony; a wonderful local organisation which runs outdoor courses for children in their woods. The festival recycling team – Complete Wasters get painting and spinning with their Groovy RecordDecorating. The Willow weaver will talk you through the creation of Willow Sculptures. Flip Juggling will guide you through the finer arts of Circus Skills and there are Traditional Fairground Stalls with the obligatory swing boats!

Make, Create & Experiment in the Craft Tent

The Craft Workshops enhance the buzz of the Craft tent so maybe you will feel inspired to get making or indulge in a mindful moment or two. Try your hand at Pottery and Pot Throwing with Vanessa Cox Pendray, bright and jolly Felt Art Workshops joyfully absorbing Knitting Workshopsintricate Embroidery and Sewing Workshopsmanual Woodturning with Pete and Mo of Bodrighy Wood and of course leave some time for the delicious Chocolate Decorating Activity.

Family Space

Here you’ll find a fun packed space dedicated to family activities. At its heart is the formidable Slacklining School designed to bring your sense of balance into question! Next to the old spreading oak tree you’ll find Storytelling in the Yarnsmith of Norwich’s medieval tent – the perfect space for tall tales and eloquent elaborations. Immerse yourself in the Lavender Mandala a patterned sea of fragrance and colour. Get in a tangle doing the Knot Making Workshops and weave a knot or two out of hand made ropes. Decorate your hands with beautiful organic Henna Designs, visit the wonderful Face Painting artist Stephanie or create Tiny Healing Gardens with Tina. You’ll also find bright and cheery Handmade Children’s Clothing.

More activities for 2017 will be added soon!

Food and Drink

One of the things that makes Folk by the Oak stand out is that they actively encourage attendees to bring a picnic and drinks along to enjoy on the grass. A great range of lovely food and drinks providers are, of course, also available.


The mighty Levellers headline the main stage, and can always be relied upon for a storming performance. Yorkshire’s Kate Rusby returns for her third Folk by the Oak perfomance. Her beautiful folk is perfect for a summer evening. A host of other well-selected folk-inspired acts play over the course of the day, including Eric Bibb, Show of Hands, Shake the Chains, This is the Kit and Leveret.

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